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US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park
This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Mar
| May 14, 2010
Stars, bars, and open arms
The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
Flags + Guns Dept.
| April 30, 2010
In the land of the stoner cops
Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
| February 26, 2010
Change? What change?
Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| December 18, 2009
Operation Enduring Freedom seems to have replaced Vietnam as Hollywood's go-to military quagmire from which to dredge gut-wrenching meditations on the psychological carnage of war.
Maguire, Gyllenhaal go deer hunting
| December 11, 2009
Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game
It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
| November 20, 2009
Robert McNamara, RIP
As secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara prosecuted the Vietnam War on a day-to-day basis, just as Donald Rumsfeld orchestrated the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for George W. Bush.
Memories of Vietnam should speed Obama's exit plans for Iraq and Afghanistan
| July 10, 2009
Play by Play: June 5, 2009
Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
| June 05, 2009
Play by play: May 29, 2009
Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
| May 29, 2009
Gulf War vet 'saved' by Phoenix article
Yesterday, we published "Soldiers Committing Suicide," by Jason Notte, and just hours later, Mike Fitzgerald left our Portland editor a voicemail saying he's experiencing the same things a man described in the story had.
Portland Marine Corps vet shares his heart-wrenching story
| March 13, 2009
Defy Shepard Fairey
There is nothing radical about Shepard Fairey. There is nothing guerilla about Shepard Fairey.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 7, 2008
| November 05, 2008
On the ground
Through journalistic instincts, hunches, and sheer luck, Dexter Filkins has, for the past ten years, managed to frequently be in the wrong place at the right time.
A decade in the war on terror
| November 05, 2008
Scars & stripes
“Dude, that shit right there? That’s Iraq.”
American vets discover that their military uniforms — like their service — look better on paper
| September 24, 2008
A few inches have been lost.
| September 17, 2008
Khrushchev calls conflict a matter of protecting Russians
At press time, Russian President Dmitry edvedev declared a halt of military operations against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
| August 13, 2008
Ed Burns — former Baltimore homicide detective, Vietnam vet, and long-time writing partner with David Simon, both on the The Wire and on Generation Kill , spoke with the Phoenix about the new series.
Ed Burns on writing Iraq
| July 07, 2008
The wages of war
The Iraq War poses a strange problem for the American public.
The creators of The Wire take on Iraq in Generation Kill
| July 07, 2008
Bigmouth strikes again
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
| June 24, 2008
Thirteen ways of looking at ink
Reflections on a lifetime of personal connections with tattoos
| February 20, 2008
Iraq’s My Lai?
Five years after the first bombs fell on Baghdad, the fog of war still roils thick in Iraq.
Looking at Haditha
| February 12, 2008
Rent a war
Wonder why the Iraq government changed its mind about expelling Blackwater, the rent-a-soldier company whose employees killed 17 civilians this past month?
The real significance of hired guns in Iraq. Plus, combating Ann Coulter.
| October 17, 2007
Dark new wave
Every now and then, it happens: a new wave from where?
Contemporary Romanian cinema at the HFA
| October 01, 2007
Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
| August 15, 2007
Pop goes to war
Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
| July 25, 2007
Cinema of Shadows
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is every film is about the war?
| June 06, 2007
Faces of conflict
Each summer, it seems, the Iraq War springs another issue for the peace movement to rally around, symbolized by a specific face with a story to tell.
Marine Corps challenge anti-war vets
| June 06, 2007
Lapdog, meet watchdog
Hating the media has long been a popular pastime. But after the invasion of Iraq four years ago, anti-press animus reached a new level of intensity on the left. Feast or famine: Jack Shafer defends the press pre-Iraq. By Adam Reilly
What’s gotten into the political press?
| March 21, 2007
Matt Sanchez was a darling of the conservative media establishment, but then news broke that he was, only a few years ago, performing in famous gay porn films.
VIDEO: Michael Bronski assesses the gay-porn career of O'Reilly Factor fave Matt Sanchez
| March 16, 2007
“Turd Blossom.” That’s what President Bush affectionately calls Karl Rove, his top political aide. It’s an apt nickname, especially these days.
Where Karl goes, corruption is sure to follow. Plus, a solution to military immorality.
| March 14, 2007
Crossword: 'You've been caught'
Be careful out there
| February 28, 2007
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